In 2021, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center is celebrating 15 years of advancing progressive economic and fiscal policies. We are proud of the ways our organization contributes to a more just state. In fact, two of our long-term priorities were enacted this year: the Working Families Tax Credit and a capital gains wealth tax! And we are committed to continuing our efforts to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, class, gender identity, or immigration status, has the opportunity to thrive.
Below is some of what we helped accomplish over the years – through our research, communications, and advocacy – in collaboration with coalitions, partner organizations, and community leaders:
- 2010: Voters defeat Initiative 1033, thus protecting public sector jobs and community investments.
- 2013: An expansion of Medicaid for adults with low incomes is a critical investment in public health.
- 2015: The Early Start Act passes, bringing high-quality early learning to more children.
- 2016: Voters pass an initiative to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 and provide sick and safe leave – so workers can make a better living and protect their well-being.
- 2017: Governor Inslee vetoes a tax break for big manufacturers that would have siphoned money out of communities.
- 2020: The Washington Worker Relief Fund, which gives emergency payments to people who are undocumented, is created in the push for an equitable COVID recovery.
Read more here about our successes, our commitment to anti-racism, and what we envision for Washington state.